Indoor Air Quality
Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators in Chicago, IL
One of the biggest issues with home climate control is the elimination of fresh air flow. Most people keep their doors and windows closed when running their air conditioning or heating systems, in order to make themselves more comfortable. The problem with that is that it prevents fresh air from getting into the home. Stale air is not only uncomfortable, but tends to trap contaminants that can cause allergy attacks, flu infections, or exacerbate asthma.
No air flow also tends to mean chronically low humidity, which can cause its own host of problems. The best way to treat these issues is by installing either a heat or energy recovery ventilator in your home. We install and service a wide range of heat and energy recovery ventilators throughout Chicago, IL. Call Elm Heating & Cooling, Inc. today for an appointment.
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HRVs vs ERVs
Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) are pretty similar in terms of construction. Both are essentially heat exchangers that are installed in the ductwork of your home. They have their own duct, which extends through the wall and out of the house, so that they can bring in fresh air.
As air flows through the heat exchanger, one side flowing out and one in, the two airflows equalized each other’s temperature. So, the fresh air flowing into the home is roughly the same temperature as the air already in the home. The only difference between HRVs and ERVs is that ERVs are capable of transferring humidity levels, as well.
The Benefits of Ventilator Units
The purpose of a ventilator unit is to allow fresh air to continue flowing into the home without compromising climate control, which is what would happen if you just opened a door or a window. As we outlined above, locking yourself in a house with no real fresh air flow for days at a time is a great way to reduce your indoor air quality significantly.
With an HRV or ERV, you essentially get to have your cake and eat it, too. You can benefit from the flow of fresh air from outside, without sacrificing the comfort of climate control. If you have an ERV installed, you can also enjoy a proper balance of humidity without worrying about your climate control systems drying out your air.
We Install and Service Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators
Installing HRVs and ERVs takes a lot of work, including some construction work to install the extra duct running out of the house. These are not plug–and–play systems; they require professional knowledge and equipment in order to be installed properly. With that in mind, you should call Elm Heating & Cooling, Inc. if you ever need to have a heat recovery ventilator or energy recovery ventilator installed in your home.
We offer a full range of services for HRVs and ERVs, including installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement. Our professional technicians serve the entire Chicago area. Call today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure that your home environment stays comfortable, no matter what the weather is like outside.